The Port Hamble Marina based sailing school, Sailing Logic, have been awarded the prestigious David Fayle Memorial Trophy for the "Schoolboat of the Year" for a record breaking 10th consecutive year, by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).
This accolade is awarded to the RYA approved training centre which scores the highest number of points in the RORC IRC Championships throughout the season. This year, Sailing Logic’s brand new Beneteau First 40 'Arthur Logic' is the highest scoring school yacht!
Sailing Logic was founded by Allie Smith in 1993 with the purpose of providing opportunities for people to access the sport of yacht racing. Allie comments “I am so proud that Sailing Logic has retained the trophy for a record breaking 10th year! Over this time we have worked really hard to get hundreds of people involved in offshore yacht racing, and this award proves that there is a place for everyone, even novice racers, in this competitive sport!”
Nick Martin who skippered Arthur Logic for most of the 2014 racing season added “It is an amazing feeling to win this trophy. Most of the races Arthur Logic competed in were part of Sailing Logic’s Round Ireland Race campaign. Our crew met each other for the first time in May, many of them having never raced offshore before! It is a steep learning curve for most people and fantastic that a newly formed team can compete with regular race crews and get on the podium too!”
It is a great achievement for a single sailing school to consistently demonstrate such good race results, and speaks volumes about the quality of training, yachts, skippers and first mates used by Sailing Logic in their race campaigns.
In addition to running the full RYA syllabus, Sailing Logic has developed its own unique race training courses and offers race places for individuals in many race events, including RORC race weekends, the RORC Caribbean 600 and Rolex Fastnet Race!
The trophy will be presented to Sailing Logic at the RORC Prizegiving Dinner on Saturday 15 November in London.
For more information about RYA training or yacht racing opportunities with Sailing Logic visit www.sailinglogic.co.uk.
What better incentive to compete in the annual Round the Island Race in 2015 as the ISC launches Prize Draw for three free entries!
Organised annually since 1931 by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is one of the most iconic and best loved yacht races in the world, taking place annually on one day in June and starting and finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and some 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK.
Competitors come from all over the UK, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron 'line' in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. The Race provides a unique opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first timers. For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.
To entice you to enter this extraordinary yachting extravaganza, the ISC is running a PRIZE DRAW TO WIN ONE FREE ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR’S RACE ON 27TH JUNE!
The Draw, OPENING ON 10th NOVEMBER, will have one entry up for grabs on each of 9th January, 6th February and 6th March. So go for it and tick off another item on your to do list!
For more details on how to to enter, please visit http://rtir.me/entries.
If your Prize Draw entry doesn’t get drawn, never fear! You can still enter the Race from 00.01 on 9th January 2015.
The new 5 day London Boat Show is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.
Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.
Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.
Come and visit us on the Which Marina? stand, WE012.
Are your lifejackets safe? Learn useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket. Bring along your lifejacket to a free RNLI Lifejacket clinic at Hamble Point Marina on 19th October between 10am and 3pm.
We will also have our Flare Amnesty running on the same day.
The MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships 2014 will run on Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th October and Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th October.
The event, held across two weekends when there is high water on the central Solent plateau, is renowned for close, competitive racing. It regularly attracts a top grand prix race fleet from across the Solent, all seeking an exhilarating end to the season.
The MDL Big Boat Championships offer 4 races each Saturday and 2 each Sunday. Racing, under the experienced eye of Race Officers Jamie Wilkinson and Stephen Parry, is offered for Farr 45 and J/111 as one design and IRC rated boats with a minimum TCC of 1.040. Other One Design Classes with a minimum IRC TCC of 1.040 that can muster a minimum of six entries may also apply for a class start. Please contact HRSC to discuss.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director, MDL said: “MDL Marinas is delighted to be the lead sponsor for this year’s Hamble Big Boat Championships. The series is a natural fit with MDL – being based just offshore from our Hamble Point Marina and involving much of the local community. MDL Marinas works hard to encourage young people to become active in sailing, working with the Ocean Youth Trust South to give deserving young people the chance to participate in the sport, so it’s great to be involved in another fantastic sailing event. We’re all looking forward to some great racing action over the coming weeks.”
The MDL Big Boat Championships are celebrating their 8th edition this year and have grown over the years to become a key component of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Prize giving is at 3.30pm each Sunday race day at Hamble River Sailing Club, which offers a warm welcome, hot food and competitively priced beer!
For more information and to enter: hamblewinterseries.com.
It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.
It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...
We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!
Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.
Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.
Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”
For more photos of the presentation, please click here.